Loyola University Maryland finished in the top 10 of more than 100 schools in North America that competed in Campus Conservation Nationals 2014 (CCN), the world’s largest electricity and water reduction competition program for colleges and universities.
Loyola saved more than 130,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity in its residence halls over just three weeks during the CCN monitoring period from March to April. The reduction is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 18.9 passenger vehicles or the CO2 emissions from 96,361 pounds of coal burned. To save energy, Loyola students used less hot water, unplugged appliances when not in use, shut off lights, and turned off HVAC units in nice weather.
Students participated in CCN through the Loyola Unplugged initiative, a mini electricity conservation competition among residence halls organized by the facilities department. Claver Hall reduced its average consumption by more than 55 percent to take first place, followed by Tantallion Court and Gallagher Court. The prize for Claver residents was a pizza party and sustainability T-shirts.
“We were confident this effort was an ideal way to make sustainability fun and more interesting,” said Elle Everhart, a program assistant in the facilities department who ran the Loyola Unplugged initiative and entered Loyola into CCN.
In addition, Loyola won two real-time building electricity-monitoring dashboards in a random drawing. Only the top 10 schools were entered to win.
“The dashboards are incredibly valuable because we’ll be able to identify peak times for energy usage, which will help us determine how to reduce and ultimately save on energy costs,” said Everhart.
The competition is in its forth year and this is the first year Loyola has competed. The contest names the top 10 schools with the greatest overall percent in reduction of electricity during the competition window, but does not rank schools individually. Loyola is the only Maryland institution and the only Jesuit institution to make the top 10.
CCN is sponsored by Lucid, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Alliance to Save Energy. This year, more than 265,000 students at 109 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada collectively saved more than 2.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity— equivalent to averting 3 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere and saving $196,000. Students also saved nearly 476,000 gallons of water, or the equivalent of 1.8 million water bottles.
More information about Campus Conservation Nationals is available at competetoreduce.org.